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Former 49ers starting quarterback spoke to the media Friday for the first time since getting benched

Below is a transcript of Colin Kaepernick's meeting with the media Friday, his first since getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

Questions, asked by local reporters, are paraphrased and in bold.

Q: What was the conversation like Monday when you found out about the decision?

Colin Kaepernick: "They told me they were going to sit me. That was about the extent of the conversation."

Q: Did you ask why, or were there any reasons given?

CK: "That decision’s out of my control and I left it at that. I respect their authority."

Q: Tomsula said Wednesday it was to give you an opportunity to breathe, to take a step back and refocus. Do you think you needed that opportunity?

CK: "I’m not out of breath so I don’t understand that reference."

Q: I think he meant mentally and stuff. Did you need a break from all the pressure that’s been building up?

CK: "No. I don’t believe in pressure. The pressure’s not being prepared for what you want to do. To me, I played full seasons, I’ve played full seasons and been successful. It’s something that mentally, I’ve been through before. I’m not incapable of going through things."

Q: Has this been a hard week for you knowing you’re not the starter?

CK: "No. To me that’s selfish. To put that on myself on take away from my teammates and away from Blaine. I’ll support my teammates, I’ll support Blaine, in everything they do because they support me."

Q: A year and a half ago, you had a press conference where you talked about signing a team friendly deal where you could get some of your teammates signed. Do you feel like the team held of its end of the bargain?

CK: "That’s not something for me to say. I just try to do my part to try to help this organization, help this team, and do everything I can to try to help us be successful."

Q: Geep Chryst was saying that he didn’t think you had the same supporting cast as in 2012, what’s your take on that?

CK: "We have a very different team than we did then. We had a lot of veterans, a lot of very experienced players, that had been through a lot of different things and had been through a lot of struggles. So when they stepped on the field, it was with a passion that they didn’t want to go back to where they were at before. And that’s something, we haven’t faced those struggles as a team until now. We have a lot of young players."

Q: It seems like a lot of guys on this team are underperforming, but you’re the first person that’s really been benched. Do you feel like you’re being made the scapegoat?

CK: "I don’t pass judgement on that. I do everything I can to try to help this team win, try to support my teammates and try to go out and help us get a W on Sunday."

Q: Looking back on this season, do you go back and think there were times you could have played better?

CK: "Yeah. There’s always times you think you can play better. Even in wins, there’s things you can do better. I haven’t seen a quarterback play a perfect game yet. I’m very critical of myself, I’m very critical of what I feel I can do to help this team. And that’s just kind of what it is."

Q: In the back up role are you spending more time going back and looking at yourself, or are you preparing for Atlanta like you would a regular week?

CK "No. I’m still game planning for Atlanta. Still mentally focused and locked in."

Q: Geep Chryst said he thought when you came in 2012, you looked like someone wanting to make some plays, where this year he thought the mentality was to avoid making mistakes. Is that accurate, do you know what he’s getting at?

No. I don’t believe that’s accurate. Every time I step on the field, I step on the field to make plays. But that’s just the matter of opinion.


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